Saturday, November 28, 2009

Drawing Update!

We have been SOOOOOOOOOOOO busy with family, Thanksgiving, and trying to get ready to go back to work! I haven't had time to finish filling the box, so that means a few more days to enter the drawing!

I will keep you all updated, so please get your names in soon!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Tiz the Season of GIVING

I am putting together one of the large flat rate boxes full of scrapping supplies from my stash. Some items will be new in the box. Some items may have a sticker or two that has been used, but everything will be fun and usable.

Isn't getting a grab box fun?? Sometimes it is all the inspiration you need for a new project!

You don't have to do anything special to enter. I need you to leave a comment that you would like to be in the drawing. I will collect names until Thanksgiving, and I will draw the winner the day after Thanksgiving.

Be sure you leave a comment to be entered in the drawing! I don't' want to risk missing anyone's entry.

Happy Holidays!!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

No Photo Layout Challenge

For Scrappin' n Chattin' this month, one challenge was to create a layout with at least three embellishments but no photos! This didn't sound very easy. Once I started looking around for ideas, I found some wonderful inspiration at Laura Vegas' blog. She has been published in Creating Keepsakes Magazine many times. She designs for Making Memories, too. Anyway, she did a great layout called "Me Today". I loved it, and I did my own take on this to meet this month's challenge.

This is page 1:

This is page two:

Here I just put all sorts of embellishments and items that I loved, and that I felt described me mostly without words. I love how this all turned out.

I used papers from SEI and Making Memories. The embellishments are from everywhere! I know a few of the manufacturers: Making Memories, SEI, Me and My Big Ideas, Top Line Creations, Martha Stewart, K & Company, and many more. The letters are from Thickers. The rub-on's are from Top Line Creations.

Thanks for taking a look.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Mixed Font Layout Challenge

For Scrappin' - Chattin' we had a challenge to use a mixed font in a layout, and I teamed that with week 44's sketch at 52 weeks 52 sketches. This is what I came up with. We took these pictures a few years ago at Christmas & New Year's. We had all of the family there on Joe's side. It crazy, but fun to get pictures of everyone.

This one is Joe and Noah:

And then the three generations -- Louie, Joe and Noah -- The Hendrix Men

Friday, November 06, 2009

Design Team Card Entry

I am applying for a new Design Team. The first challenge was to creat a card using solid and patterned cardstock, a stamped image, inking (including the stamped image), ribbon, a brad or brads, die cut image from a Cricut, Nesties, etc., and one other element of your choice.

After creating my Thanksgiving layout, I had some scraps left over and I thought they would make a great card. The patterned papers are from Heidi Grace for Fiskars. The solid cardstocks are from Die Cuts with a View. I die cut the top note shape using my Storybook Cricut Cartridge, and I die cut the brackets using my Plantin Schoolbook Font Cartridge. I cut the squares for the papers using both my paper trimmer, and my square punches -- depending on the size.

I used an Inkabilities stamp "Just for you" stamped with Versamark Ink, and then I embossed the image using chocolate truffle embossing powder from Viva Las Vegas Stamps. I inked the edges of all of my items using ColorBox Cat's Eye Chalks in creamy brown. I used pop dots under the Just for You element to give it a little extra emphasis.

I had the brass buckle, brads, and the vanilla ribbon in my stash. I can't give credit on those because I don't recall where I bought them.

For this project I used a variety of adhesives. I utilized pop-dots, glue dots, 2-way glue, and 3M adhesives their ATG Gun and Scotch liquid adhesive for the small elements.

I learned that wonderful ribbon trick from a YouTube video last night. I love how that looks running through the card.

I continued the elements inside to bring a cohesive feel the my project.

On the back, I wanted to do something different. I always include my Boxer Brats Scraps and the date on the cards and other items I make. I found two wonderful boxer dog stamps that I use for the headshot image.

I wanted the back to match the rest of the card, so I used the same process to stamp and emboss my boxer dog image. I used the individual letters in the Inkabilities set to stamp out my "Boxer Brats Scraps 2009".

I hope you like this project!

Thanksgiving Layout

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, the challenge at Scrappy Fogs Challenge Blog was for the design team to create a project about Thanksgiving Dinner. I did a layout of our family from last Thanksgiving. It was the first time I used my tripod and timer to actually have ME in a family holiday table photograph. For that reason alone, I needed to scrap this!

I love these papers! The photo really doesn't do their rich color and details justice! I found them in the Heidi Grace line from Fiskars.

Take a gander over the The Scrappy Frogs Challenge Blog and see all of the great Thanksgiving inspired projects!

Check back to my blog often. I have a surprise coming for December! My birthday is coming and I would love to get to 500 followers -- I know it is a huge ambition! More details coming soon!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

The Protective Love of a Big Brother~

I snapped these pictures yesterday evening. Little Miss Hailey had her "Pup-er-a-tor" removed yesterday. In layman's terms, she was spayed. When she got home she was so groggy and in so much pain. She was shivering, and very lethargic. I placed her carefully in my big chair with the pillow and warm blankets. I wanted her to be able to snuggle in and be comfy. I went into the kitchen to fix dinner, and big brother, Pugsley had crawled up in the chair and was watching over little Hailey. He stayed there for 5 straight hours. I finally moved him at ten o'clock, because my favorite show was on television. Pugsley woulnd't be detoured! He climbed on the arm of my chair, and watched over her the rest of the night.

It was just brotherly love.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween from my Pawsee!

Halloween 2009~

Hailey isn't feeling too well this Halloween. She is in "season" right now, so we had to dress around her "panties". She rocked the baby look. She wore her panties and a hoodie sweatshirt to look like a onesie. The pacifier didn't stay in her mouth long enough to get a great picture!

Pugsley modeled the eskimo parka. He looked like he was posing for the camera! LOL

Scooby tried to do the "boxer" look but she was so not into wearing the jacket and the hood over her head. I gave up trying to loop the boxer gloves around her neck. She was so not into the whole clothing thing. Last year she did great dressing up as a pumpkin!

This by far is the best costume this year. Pugsley totally loved his firetruck complete with doggie firmean and hat! He just makes me laugh. He got mad when I tried to put this costume on Hailey. He wanted it for himself.

You can barely see Hailey in the background checking out Pugsley in his outfit.

Hope these pictures made you smile! Happy Halloween!!

October Challenge Layouts

Well, for the Month of October, we had 12 challenges to complete at Scrappin-n-Chattin on Yahoo Groups. I can't get yahoo to cooperate and upload my photos, so I am putting them all on this blog post!

The first challenge was to use arrows in a layout - So I did this layout of Pugsley hiding in his toybox with his toys.

Page 1 - Where's Pugsley?

Page 2- In his toybox - (using two arrows):

The next challenge was to use flowers in a layout. For this challenge, I used fabric flowers that I created using my die cutting machine. The photo mat and tag are also fabric.

The next challenge was to use scallop edges. I created this scallop circle by hand for this layout.

Next we needed to use polka dots. I made a circle using polka dot papers to highlight this wonderful photo of me in bed. LOL

The next challenge was bling, and my Happily Ever After layout had the bling and sparkle. I used colored bling to highlight the prima flowers. I also love the glimmer and sparkle of the papers I used. They have soft glitter highlights. The buttons, pearls and laces all say sparkle to me.

The next challenge was to use the word "Believe". I knew this had to be a Christmas layout. The quote on the page says Believe, Believe, Believe, (and on and on):

The next challenge was for no photo. I decided to document all of the crazy Puggle songs I have made up since we adopted Pugsley. Page one has the title and some pictures of our guy. Page Two is decorated with envies, cards, papers, ribbons and inks. The songs are on the reverse of each card.

Now to do a challenge of a great person in our lives. I did a two page layout of two of my favorite pictures of my dad.

The next challenge was to use brads ( at least 6 ) I used 2 sets of three pawprint brads on this page showcasing my beloved boxer, Ruger.

The next challenge was to use bracket(s) in a layout. For this challenge I used brackets by Thickers to showcase the frehsman picture of my stepson Noah.

The next challenge was Halloween. These are photos from the first Halloween Joe and I spent together.

And the last challenge was to use portraits in a layout. I used two of Noah's senior portraits to complete this two page spread.

And that concludes my challenge layouts for October! I am still working on second pages for a few of these layouts, but I am not sure I will have them completed by tonight's deadline for the challenge. Either way, I feel like a winner! I love having more completed pages in our albums! Thanks for all of the challenges, Abby!!

Friday, October 09, 2009

Stitching Layout

Go over to The Character Cafe on Blogspot and check out this week's challenge!! They have a challenge to use stitching in a layout or card. I have to also thank my friends in my yahoo group Scrappin-n-Chattin - Abby issued a similar challenge there for September. Challenges tend to motivate me!

Here is my take on that challenge:

I have and the items to do hand stitching on a layout for literally years (like maybe 5 - 10), and I have never done it! I have used machine stitching on a few cards and a couple of layouts, but I never tried the hand stitching. Well, enter a challenge to use stitching and this is what I came up with!

I love how the circles and the stitched circles really compliment the photo and the designer cardstock. I took a cardstock with a design, then used my craft knife to cut around my favorite parts of the design. I layered that over a solid blue cardstock and the photo to allow the swirls to accent the photo. I added rhinestones to the centers of the swirls, flowers and circles using blue and green stones to compliment the colors of the layout.

The stitching is 3 strands of green floss using a running stitch. I mimicked the circles from the designs in the cardstock. It is a simple layout, but the colors really pop with the photo.

Thanks for taking a look!

Monday, October 05, 2009

Noah's High School Pictures

As I mentioned on my previous post, there was a challenge on my scrap list to use professional photos for your layouts. I also had been checking out, and the page map for this week really seemed to work with this school photo of Noah. I combined a few challenges on this one. I used the sketch, the professional photo and bling (skittles), and included a bracket to complete this layout.

Fast forward to Noah's senior pictures. It is hard to believe he is in his second year of college and I am finally scrapping his high school photos! LOL Better late than never, right?

This set completed the challenge for bling - sparkly ribbons, as well as the brad challenge.

This one garners bling in not only the ribbon, but it also shines from the metallic accents on the coaster. Again, I used brads for an accent.

More to come :)

Not So Happily Ever After

I made this layout to complete a number of challenges issued on two of my scrapbooking lists. It incorporates ribbon woven into other ribbons, buttons used as decoration and as the center of my butterfly. I also used a professional photo (per one challenge). There are three or more flowers used including the use of bling. The journaling for this layout is hidden in a pocket behind the layout. The story is personal since it is about the failure of my second marriage. Hiding it seem more appropriate.

Thanks for taking a look.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Waterfall Halloween Card

This is my first ever attempt at a waterfall card. The group I belong to, Memory Scrappers (see the blinkie on my sidebar) had a challenge to make an interactive card. I decided to try my hand at a waterfall card, and this is what I came up with:

I pulled a little crooked so this picture looks funny, but it all stayed inline even with my funky pull.

The card ends up with the sentiment showing~

I am pretty happy with my first attempt. I can see a lot of variations for this card.

Puggle Power - Doodling on a Scrapbook Page

I just finished about 15 layouts, and I wanted to share another couple of pages with you. The challenge here was to incorporate doodling into a layout. I had these great pictures of little Miss Hailey Marie, and I couldn't resist. I had so much fun just going crazy with the white gel pen on this black cardstock! The embellishments are from a paper collection by Rusty Pickle. It is called Rock Star. I used their doodle designs as a jumping off point to just have a lot of fun on both pages.

The elements are colored using chalks, pencils, and alcohol pens.

Grab a pen and go crazy with doodles! It is a lot of fun!

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Halloween Card

For this week's challenge at Scrappy Frogs, we had to incorporate a tree. Since October is upon us, I decided what better way that a cobweb filled tree at Halloween! Scooby Doo is sneaking through the graveyard and the ghost is sneaking up behind Scooby Doo! Typical Scooby!

I hope you enjoy my card:

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Scrappin' With Suzy's Blog Candy

My friend Suzanne has a wonderful scrappin' blog, and this month she is offering an amazing blog candy! I simply LOVE these papers! I would love to keep them all to myself LOL, but her blog is too fun to not share~

Slip on over and check it out! Click on her banner for the main page of her blog.

Or click here to check out these amazing paper line and her blog candy post:

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

New Layouts!

The scrappin' bug has bitten! And well since Saturday I have completed a number of layouts.

The challenge for this was to scrap a silly photo.

This challenge was for a song title.

This challenge was to use a 5x7 or larger photo.

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